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StarGazing - October 25th vs Phoenix

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars


TUESDAY’S GAME:
Dallas Stars (6-2-0, 12 points – 1st, Pacific Division)
at Phoenix Coyotes (3-3-1, 7 points – 4th, Pacific Division)
9:00 p.m. CT at Jobing.com Arena


ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES:
Overall: 75-58-18
Home: 37-29-11
Away: 39-29-7
This Season: 1-0-0
10/10/11 – vs. Phoenix (2-1 W)
10/25/11 – @ Phoenix (9:00 p.m. CT)
11/26/11 – @ Phoenix (7:00 p.m. CT)
2/7/12 – vs. Phoenix (7:30 p.m. CT)
2/18/12 – @ Phoenix (7:00 p.m. CT)
3/20/12 – vs. Phoenix (7:00 p.m. CT)

BROADCAST INFO: FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes will meet for the second of six meetings on Tuesday night. The Stars beat the Coyotes 2-1 in a shootout on Oct. 10. Loui Eriksson scored with 0:27 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime before Mike Ribeiro notched the shootout winner.

2. Dallas’ 6-2-0 start is among the best in club history. Since moving to Texas, the Stars have earned victories in six of their first eight games just three times (includes 2011-12). Dallas has earned at least 104 points in the standings in the previous two campaigns that they started the season with six wins in eight games.

3. Glen Gulutzan’s 6-2-0 record is the best start any coach in Stars franchise history has had. In fact, 10 different head coaches have started their Stars tenure after eight games winning two games or fewer. Gulutzan joins Murray Oliver and Jack Gordon as the only two bench bosses in franchise history to record at least five victories after coaching eight games.

4. The last five meetings between these two clubs have been decided by one goal, with Dallas holding a 2-2-1 record in these contests. Three of the last six third period goals between Dallas and Phoenix have been scored in the final minute of regulation.

5. Kari Lehtonen’s 6-0-0 start to the regular season is the first time in franchise history a Stars goaltender has gone undefeated through the first six games. Lehtonen has a 3-1-3 record with a 1.94 goals against average (GAA) and a .937 save percentage (SV%) in seven career games against the Coyotes. That 1.94 GAA is the third-lowest Lehtonen has against any NHL opponent (STL 1.72; WPG 1.00).

WHO TO WATCH:

MIKE RIBEIRO has 18 career points (3 G, 15 A) in 16 road games as a member of the Dallas Stars against the Phoenix Coyotes. The only other Western Conference teams he averages more than one point per game on the road are Anaheim (18 points in 17 games) and Calgary (12 points in 10 games).

BRENDEN MORROW has more goals (21), assists (23) and overall points (44) against the Phoenix Coyotes than against any other NHL club.

STEVE OTT led all Dallas forwards with 24:17 of time on ice in his last meeting against Phoenix. In that game, he posted an assist, a +1 rating, four











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